- Audio CD (27 May 2002)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Universal Music TV
- ASIN: B000067OTJ
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. The Jam - In The City|
|2. The Clash - White Riot|
|3. Junior Murvin - Police & Thieves|
|4. Siouxie & Banshees - Hong Kong Garden|
|5. Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat|
|6. New York Dolls - Personality Crisis|
|7. Jonathon Richman - Roadrunner|
|8. Richard Hell - Blank Generation(Original Version)|
|9. Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker|
|10. X Ray Specs - Oh Bondage|
See all 25 tracks on this disc
|1. The Jam - Down in the Tube Station|
|2. Boomtown Rats - Looking after No. 1|
|3. Elvis Costello - Watching The Detectives|
|4. Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him?|
|5. Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours|
|6. The Nips - Gabrielle|
|7. Eddie & The Hot Rods - Teenage Depression|
|8. Aswad - Warrior Charge|
|9. Ultravox - Rockwrok|
|10. B-52's - Rock Lobster|
See all 23 tracks on this disc
There are a few oddly placed tracks too, like 'Grimly Fiendish' - not one of the Damned's best tracks, and not from the period of the other songs. Also there is an Aswad track here, but I don't really see Aswad as anything other than a pop-reggae band, so it isn't really new wave.
Overall a great mix of late 70's/early 80's get up and take notice songs that always deserve a rerun.
Reggae is represented by Junior Murvin’s lilting protest song Police And Thieves, Ku Klux Klan by Steelpulse and War Ina Babylon by Max Romeo. The quirky Typical Girls by The Slits has a skittering reggae rhythm but should properly be called post-punk, and then there’s the brilliant 1960s track White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground that is appropriately included here since the Velvets exercised such a heavy influence upon the music of the time.
Disc Two has a similar mix of rock, reggae and pop tracks. My favourites include Elvis Costello’s Watching The Detectives and the Joe Jackson song (both reggaefied rock), The quirky Rock Lobster by the B-52s, So it Goes - a great pop song by Nick Lowe and Wreckless Eric’s charming Whole Wide World. The other great reggae tracks here are Warrior Charge by Aswad and Forces Of Victory by Linton Kwesi Johnson. Jilted John contributes his charming eponymous song and The Cure adds some atmospheric sounds with Boys Don’t Cry, whilst the Squeeze, Graham Parker and Ultravox songs also remain memorable.
All the contributing artists played a part in the musical history of the times The New York Dolls, Jonathan Richman, The Ramones, Ian Dury, Sham 69, The Damned, Iggy Pop and The Dickies also deserve a mention. The music has aged remarkably well and there is still that punky sense of urgency that I remember so well from my youth. Teenage Kicks offers a varied and rewarding listening experience.